Hang The Bastard - Hellfire Reign (2010)
Back once again with a lovely vinyl review, and possibly the first of two this week providing Royal Mail buck their ideas up...
Nonetheless, today Im happy to present to you, once again, the awesome Hang The Bastard and their belter of a debut full length album Hellfire Reign. Now some of you will have most likely caught our review a few months back of their 09' EP Raw Sorcery, which was quite frankly, the mutts nuts. Well, this little gem here is the guys (difficult) follow up. Not to waste your time but I may as well tell you now, they've once again knocked it out the park. Dirty chucking riffs mixed with hardcore stylings are there in the bucket load. I really should admit that I've never been a hardcore fan, the typical hardcore bands have always seemed to lack a something for me. Its like all the ingredients are there but just not in the right order. These chaps however have always fallen on my good side. I can't quite put my finger on it but I suspect its that noticeable groove that runs through each track. Its not just that mindless 'lets just play as loud and as fast as we can and screw the contents' mentality. Although from the first 60 seconds of the album you could be forgiven for thinking its going that way... Fear not though, that ambience soon turns to a mix of high octane balls to the wall, break neck drum beats, down tuned chugging guitars and gut wrenching screams... and lets face it, thats all we're looking for.
A beyond brutal collection of a dirty mix of hardcore, stoner doom and sludge that puts some similar veteran bands to shame!
• Label: Holy Roar Records
• Pressing Info: Limited to 100 - Black, 400 - Blue & Green
• Price: £10/$15
For Fans Of; Iron Monkey, Soilent Green, Raging Speedhorn, Cult Of Luna, Dopefight